Jithin & Raouf
with inputs from VR and VIP
(you know, of MusicAloud fame )
1. The quiz master is always correct.
2. Don‟t forget rule 1.
This genre of 19th century novels, also called Plantation
literature, was written in response to an 1852 novel.
What is the name of the genre? 1
Anti – Tom literature
Named after Uncle Tom’s Cabin
In business, a defensive manoeuvre to stave off a hostile
takeover in which a company that is threatened attempts to
reverse the situation and take over its would-be acquirer
instead is called X defence. This is named after X where a
„Power Pellet‟ causes a similar role reversal. The first of its
kind would be the attempted takeover of Martin Marietta by
Bendix Corporation in 1982.
“I went to Madras hoping to replace X from playback
singing. When I realised that it was not gong to happen, I
tried to make X‟s life difficult by giving him tough songs.
Even the songs I thought X would find difficult, he amazed
me with his rendering, giving them heights I didn‟t even
imagine.” Translation of excerpts from a book by Ravi
Menon, a Malayalam music critic.
Identify the speaker and the person he is referring to here.
This phrase didn't originate in Australia but in the American
frontier of the mid-19th century. It probably originated from
______ “hopping” from one place to another for
employment. Other authorities suggest that the name comes
from the tendency of unfair ______ during that same time
period to jump to conclusions. The earliest recorded usage is
in a news report on The Mississippian in January 1849.
What word can be best used to connect these rulers as per a 2004
top 10 list?
1. Suharto, Indonesian President (1967-98)
2. Ferdinand Marcos, Philippine President (1972-86)
3. Mobutu Sese Seko, Zairian President (1965-97)
4. Sani Abacha, Nigerian Head of State (1993-98)
5. Slobodan Miloševic, Yugoslav President (1989-2000)
6. Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haitian President (1971-86)
7. Alberto Fujimori, Peruvian President (1990-2000)
8. Pavlo Lazarenko, Ukrainian Prime Minister (1996-97)
9. Arnoldo Alemán, Nicaraguan President (1997-2002)
10. Joseph Estrada, Philippine President (1998-2001)
One of the nicknames of the Netherlands national football
team is _________ ______. The first word of the nickname
is generally used in contexts to denote machine like regularity
and describes the precision passing involved in the total
football practiced by the Dutch in the 1970s. The second
word has significance for the Dutch in several ways. It is one
of the national symbols of Netherlands, which was in turn
adopted from the current ruling dynasty.
This nickname is also a reference to something totally
unrelated to sports. What is the nickname?
In Déjà Q, the 61st episode of Star Trek: The Next
Generation, the crew of the Starship Enterprise attempt to
prevent a moon from falling from its orbit and crashing into
a planet. Complications arise when Q, their foe, who has
been stripped of all his powers and turned into a human on
his request, appear on the ship. His explanation of the
situation has led to one of the most popular memes on the
Mansa Musa was the ruler of the Malian empire in the early
14th century. He is considered the wealthiest ruler of his
time and is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj to
Mecca in 1324.
What devastating impact did his trip have according to the
Arab historian al-Umari?
Destroyed the local economies
He gave out so much gold that they depressed its value
in Egypt and caused its value to fall.
What does this list constitute?
1. Uncut hair
2. Wooden comb
3. Metal bracelet
4. Specific style of cotton underwear
5. Ceremonial sword or dagger
The five Ks of Sikhism (Kakars)
Kesh, Kanga, Kara, Kachera and Kirpan
In linguistics, a __________ or loan translation is a word or
phrase borrowed from another language by literal, word-for-
word or root-for-root translation.
Some examples of a __________ would be „Flea market‟
from the French “marché aux puces” (“market of fleas”) and
„Free Verse‟ from Latin „Vers Libre‟.
Name the linguistic phenomenon.
X was named by his father after English football team
________. When X told English cricketer Jim Laker this,
Laker reportedly replied “It was a good thing your father
wasn‟t a Y fan.”
The player X and the team Y?
The ________ ___ __________ is an organisation which
was established by 1844 by Joseph Smith, Jr, to symbolize
and represent a future theocratic or theodemocratic
“Kingdom of God” on the earth. Smith and his successor
Brigham Young hoped to create this Kingdom in preparation
for the Millennium and the Second Coming of Jesus.
According to X teachings, while Jesus himself would be king
of this new world government, its structure was in fact to be
quasi-republican and multi-denominational; therefore, the
early ________ ___ __________ included both Xs and
non-Xs. Regular meetings of the ___________ ____
_____________ ended in 1884 and was technically
extinguished in 1945 when its last member Heber J Grant
To Kill a Mockingbird
“Shoot all the blue jays you
want, if you can hit 'em, but
remember it's a sin to kill a
José Carlos Mariátegui was a Peruvian politician and
philosopher, who founded one of the earliest communist
parties in Peru in 1928. His most famous work, Seven
Interpretative Essays on Peruvian Reality, examines Peru‟s
social and economic situation from a Marxist perspective.
One of his most famous maxims is “Marxism-Leninism will
open the _______ ____ to revolution.”
Complete the blanks.
In 1347, during the Hundred Years War between England
and France, England‟s Edward III laid siege to the French
city of X. Even after nearly a year of siege, the French forces
failed to lift the siege and starvation forced the city to parley
for surrender. Historian Jean Froissart (1333-1410), describes
that King Edward demanded that six important citizens of
the city to appear bareheaded, only dressed with a shirt, with
a rope around their necks and the keys for the town in their
hands, ostensibly to be beheaded. However, Queen Philippa
of England persuaded Edward to spare their lives.
How has this incident been immortalised?
Araneta Center is a commercial area in Quezon City,
Philippines and is the home to one of the oldest shopping
malls in the country built in 1976. Their website claims that
it “was the very first truly modern shopping mall in the
The mall is named after someone who achieved worldwide
fame a few blocks from the place a few months before its
The story about the origin of this temple goes thus :
Adi Shankara meditated at Kodachadri hills and Devi
incarnated before him asking for his wish. He revealed his
wish to install the Devi idol in a place in Kerala to worship
where he wanted. Devi agreed but put forward a challenge
that she will follow Shankara and he should not look back till
he reaches his destination. But to test Shankara, Devi
deliberately stopped the voice of her anklets when they
reached X whereupon Shankara turned and looked back
because of doubt. Devi then asked Shankara to install her
vigraha, just as he sees her, at that very location in X.
Which famous South Indian temple?
There are two theories on the origin of ________ , two of
which denote an ancient Greek dish. The main theory is that
_______ comes from Greek λάγανον (laganon), a flat sheet
of pasta dough cut into strips.
The other theory is that the word ___________ comes from
the Greek λάσανον (lasanon) meaning "trivet or stand for a
pot","chamber pot". The Italians used the word to refer to
the dish in which _________ is made. Later the name of the
food took on the name of the serving dish.
“They Saved _______‟s Cock” by Angry Samoans
“Even ________ Had a Girlfriend” by Mr. T Experience
“____________ as Kalki” by Current 93
“_________ Was a Vegetarian” by The Residents
“Springtime for __________” from the film and play The
Producers by Mel Brooks
“Even ____________ Had a Mother” written by Herbert Farjeon
and John Pritchett, performed by Chas & Dave
“__________”, by Eek-a-Mouse
“Pictures of __________” by Bill Fay
“__________‟s Still Alive” by The Tokens
“___________‟s Favourite Song (Please Don't Tread On My
Cheeseburger)” by Pig With The Face Of A Boy
One name fills all. Who?
He is the current 100 metre World Champion. He holds the
national junior record for the 100 metres, and tied Seun
Ogunkoya as the youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-
second barrier. On September 16, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium,
he won in a time of 19.26 seconds, the second fastest 200 m
Identify this Jamaican sprinter.
The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States
congressionally mandated immigration program for receiving
a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is held annually
by the Department of State and conducted under the terms
of Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas
annually to natives of countries deemed to have low rates of
immigration to the United States.
By what alternative name is it known?
XYs are phenomena said to arise when a number of Xs
become intertwined at their tails, which become stuck
together with blood, dirt, ice, excrement or simply knotted.
The animals reputedly grow together while joined at the tails.
The phenomenon is particularly associated with Germany,
where the majority of instances have been reported.
Historically, there are various superstitions surrounding XYs
and they were often seen as an extremely bad omen,
particularly associated with plagues.
No part-points. XY.
When asked when he first acknowledged his sexuality, X
quipped: “I suppose it all began when I came out of the
womb. I looked back up at my mother and thought to
myself, „That's the last time I‟m going up one of those.‟”
The ___ ________ ______ when the palm is facing toward the
person giving the sign, has long been an insulting gesture in
England and later in the rest of the United Kingdom. It is
frequently used to signify defiance to authority, contempt, or
According to an urban legend, it has its origins in the Battle of
Agincourt (1415) during the Hundred Years' War and derives
from a gesture made by English and Welsh longbowmen.
According to the story, the French were in the habit of cutting off
the arrow-shooting fingers of captured longbowmen, and the
gesture was a sign of defiance on the part of the bowmen,
showing the enemy that they still had their fingers.
The song “Thanannam thannanam” from Balu Mahendra‟s
Yathra (1985) is largely inspired from a song from a 1959
Broadway musical. The story goes that the director requested
the music director to use the tune of this particular song and
Ilayaraja complied with the request.
Id the song and the musical.